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Monday, July 29, 2019

Dancing Boys and a Bloodthirsty Plant Sidle Up to Shakespeare by Jesse Green

Better known for its classics, the Stratford Festival has long presented fine-tuned versions of Broadway musicals. This year: “Billy Elliot” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

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Friday, July 26, 2019

Review: Is Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Douglas’ Stand-Up? Theater? Yes, Please. by Jesse Green

A follow-up to the startling and divisive “Nanette” is just as startling and probably just as divisive.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Review: Sondheim’s Bumpy ‘Road Show,’ Now at the End of the Line by Jesse Green

An Encores! Off-Center revival reveals the tantalizing cleverness and intractable faults of the 1997 (and 1999, 2003, 2004 and 2008) musical.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Review: She Belts. She Brawls. She’s a ‘Broadway Bounty Hunter.’ by Jesse Green

Annie Golden stars in a musical B-movie pastiche that lands in the gap between tribute and spoof.

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Monday, July 22, 2019

At the Stratford Festival, Sexual Power and Paranoia by Jesse Green

This season’s wide-ranging offerings, including Shakespeare and “Little Shop of Horrors,” reveal the surprising root of our longest-lasting stories.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Review: Chekhov’s ‘Three Sisters,’ Now with Upspeak and Emojis by Jesse Green

Halley Feiffer’s “Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow” turns the master’s refined Russians into “Mean Girls.”

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Listen to the Sound of Love Reinvented in ‘Oklahoma!’ (Headphones On) by Jesse Green

How did a lush throwback like “People Will Say We’re in Love” become the lean, sexy, countrified number being sung today? Follow along as we break it down.

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Listen to the Sound of Love Reinvented in ‘Oklahoma!’ (Headphones On.) by Jesse Green

How did a lush throwback like “People Will Say We’re in Love” become the lean, sexy, countrified number being sung today? Follow along as we break it down.

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Tales of Curses, Literal and Metaphorical, in the Berkshires by Jesse Green

A new work — and revivals of a classic play and musical — are having a conversation about different kinds of incarceration.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Review: Surviving a Family From Hell in ‘We’re Only Alive’ by Jesse Green

In a memory play with songs, the monologuist David Cale recreates the chaos of his youth in a rough town and a violent home.

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Review: In ‘Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise,’ Eyes Wide Mind Numb by Jesse Green

The world premiere “kung fu musical” at the Shed isn’t much of either.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Review: In ‘Toni Stone,’ America’s Pastime Meets America’s Problem by Jesse Green

April Matthis’s sensational performance anchors Lydia R. Diamond’s play about the first woman of any race to appear in a professional baseball game.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Review: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ Is a Musical Lacking a Sting by Jesse Green

Despite its top creative team, an adaptation of the popular Sue Monk Kidd novel feels like a first draft.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Review: In Central Park, a ‘Much Ado’ About Something Big by Jesse Green

A delicious production of the great Shakespearean comedy starring Danielle Brooks and set squarely in our #MeToo and Black Lives Matter moment.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

The Best and Worst of the Tony Awards 2019 by Ben Brantley, Jesse Green, Scott Heller and Margaret Lyons

Swinging lights. Broadway beefs. Words of wisdom. And a restroom serenade. If only some of the highlights were on TV.

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Dressing Rooms of Broadway: 33 Photos Over Nearly a Century by Jesse Green and Betsy Horan

For decades, our photographers have gotten intimate access backstage. Peek in as they capture stars, before the show and before the mirror.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Review: In ‘Ms. Blakk for President,’ a Winning Losing Campaign by Jesse Green

Based on real events, the Steppenwolf Theater Company’s new play tells the story of a Chicago drag queen who throws her fabulous hat into the ring.

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

On Chicago’s Stages, Women With Problems by Jesse Green

Working opposite ends of the volume spectrum, two musicals, the new “Six” and a reinterpreted “Next to Normal,” find their levels.

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Review: ‘Frankie and Johnny’ Were Lovers. Then Came Morning. by Jesse Green

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon star in a touching revival of Terrence McNally’s play about first and last chances.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Review: ‘The Flamingo Kid,’ a Musical Not Yet in Flight by Jesse Green

There’s plenty to enjoy in this adaptation of a 1984 movie set at a Long Island beach club. But plenty to fix, as well.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Live From 458 B.C., What the Greeks Mean to Me by Jesse Green

A new adaptation of “The Oresteia” reminds us that a 2,400-year-old work can still feel appallingly familiar.

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Thursday, May 23, 2019

Review: ‘Dear Evan Hansen,’ With a Real Teenage Evan by Jesse Green

Now in its third year, this Broadway hit has grown up by aging down.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Review: ‘Continuity’ Takes a Shot at the End of the World by Jesse Green

Can a foolish mainstream movie dramatize ecological crisis? Can a smart play?

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Review: Sifting the Evidence for ‘Proof of Love,’ She Has Lots to Say by Jesse Green

At the center of Chisa Hutchinson’s one-woman play, written for Audible, is a love triangle with just one side in view.

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Heavenly or Hellish? Our Critics Debate the Broadway Season by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

Adventurous directors and galvanizing performances made for unexpected — and very welcome — departures on what once felt like the Staid White Way.

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Tony Awards 2019: Who Will Win (and Who Should) by Ben Brantley and Jesse Green

The chief theater critics for The Times choose who they think should win and who should have been nominated.

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Critic’s Pick: Review: In ‘BLKS,’ Meet the Real Roommates of Bed-Stuy by Jesse Green

Merciless comedy shades to delicate tragedy in a terrific playwriting debut from the poet and performer Aziza Barnes.

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Monday, May 6, 2019

Review: In ‘Cadillac Crew,’ a Road Trip Through Racism and Erasure by Jesse Green

Women on the front lines of danger in 1963 were often pushed to the backbench of the civil rights movement. A new play gives them their due.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Review: ‘Paul Swan Is Dead and Gone,’ but First, He’s Dévastaté by Jesse Green

A flamboyant artiste who danced nearly naked into his 80s gives one last performance in a new play from the Civilians.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Critics’ Notebook: When It Came to the Tony Nominations, the News Is the New by Jesse Green and Ben Brantley

New York Times theater critics on a Tonys roster that highlighted originality, if not diversity, and made room for some welcome surprises.

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

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